25 Christmas Special 2018 - The Nonagon Club!

December 11, 2018

Ho ho whoa! 9 guests?! In a tribute to the 9 Lessons & Carols, Paul our Host of Christmas Past flies his sleigh back through festive history. There are no live guests a-guesting - instead for our penultimate show, Paul has a voice-changer. It's not a great voice-changer, but it means we drop in on influential Christmassy words from:

- Astronaut TOM STAFFORD on pranking NASA 

- Private HENRY WILLIAMSON on sharing tobacco

- Writer CHARLES DICKENS on humbuggery

- Writer WASHINGTON IRVING on Christmas the English way

- Devonian clergyman RICHARD SMART on Christmas the man

- Puritan minister HEZEKIAH WOODWARD on Christmas the heresy

- King HENRY III on Christmas the dinner

- Saint HILARY of POITIERS on the first carol

- Charles M Schulz creation LINUS on the true meaning of Christmas

Phew! One more episode to go, for now. Join us in January. Merry Christmas!

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24 Paul Kerensa & co - We’re Not Here Right Now…

November 21, 2018

A stopgap podcast, to report on our temporary absence (due to a busy month), then our permanent absence (to follow early next year after a two-episode send-off). A couple more episodes will follow, then, well, the future's bright - but it may, alas, not be heptagon-shaped.

An update is contained herein, plus snippets of guests from our fnar-fnale to come in January.

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23 Noel James & co - Rhodes? Where we’re going…

October 15, 2018
Britain's Got Talent, Storm Troopers, beatboxing, comedy, Rhodes... Welcome to October's pod-party. Mingle with the likes of this lot...
 
- Comedian NOEL JAMES
- Other comedian TONY VINO
- Other other comedian NATHAN RAMSDEN-LOCK
- Storm Trooper/Vicar CRIS ROGERS
- Ship of Fools founder SIMON JENKINS

- Beatboxing tutor GAV TYTE

- Songster & biscuit fiend PAUL BELL  
 
...Your 'Bring A Bottle' contribution is to visit their websites, so seek 'em out online, and while you're there...
 
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22 Rob Parsons & co - Happy Creative New Year!

September 14, 2018
It's Creative New Year! Time for new projects and new products, including books, CDs, beatboxing tutorials and just good advice from these 7 wonders of the world...
 
- Care For The Family head honcho and author ROB PARSONS, OBE
- As oh-so-recently seen on This Morning, beatboxing vicar GAV TYTE

- Author and parenting guru KATHARINE HILL

- Songster & biscuit fiend PAUL BELL

- Comedian NATHAN RAMSDEN-LOCK

- Presenting expert LEE JACKSON

- Car Share writer, creator and creative genius TIM REID
 
 
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21 Bennett Arron & co - Play the Theme Tune, Sing the Theme Tune…

August 1, 2018
Edinburgh Festival Special time... 6 of our 7 guests are heading Fringewards with these googlable shows::
 
- BENNETT ARRON's I've Never Told Anyone This & Heard the One About Identity Theft?

- JAMES COOK's Boardgame Smackdown

- ANNA NICHOLSON: Woman of the Year
- MARK RITCHIE: Bob's Not My Uncle & Other Devastating Truths
- PIPPA EVANS in Brexit 2 & Showstoppers

- DOMINIC FRISBY's Financial Game Show

+
- non-Edinburghing but he's given us our theme song so he can do what he likes, ROB HALLIGAN 
 
Hear tales of upper-class rapping duels, irritating drinks machines, and what's behind the shows being performed by this month's magnificent 7.
 

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Music by Rob Halligan: www.robhalligan.co.uk 
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20 Pippa Evans & co - Temper Temperance

July 2, 2018
4 comedians + 3 authors = a heatwave of guests. This magnificent 7 are:
 
- Radio 4 songstress and improvxpert PIPPA EVANS
- Jewelsh comedian BENNETT ARRON
- Nomadic funnyman TONY VINO
- Comedy magician and mag editor STEVE LEGG
- Mega-author ROB PARSONS
- Parenting guru KATHARINE HILL
- Pro speaker trainer chap LEE JACKSON
 
 
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19 Greatest Story Ever Toured special minisode

June 5, 2018
A sort of advertourial one-off minisode opens season 3 - because I'm plugging my own tour: The Greatest Story Ever Toured. This time all 7 guests are from the show that we're taking around the land, skilfully unlocking, awkwardly rapping and generally tinkering with bits of Bible. Our 7 guests are:
 
- Theologian and daddy of The Bible Course, Dr ANDREW
- CATH, the Welshest person ever & glorious leader of a cappella troupe Sound of Wales
- Sound of Wales man, MATT
- Sound of Wales intern AMY
- Sound of Wales non-intern non-man MEG 
- Tour producer and all-round good egg ROB
- + Bible Society Head of Comms and person-in-charge of the tour, RACHEL
 
Tour comes (so far) to Reigate, Guildford, Chester, Hull, Tunbridge Wells, Bristol, Exeter + Wimborne. Details: https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/explore-the-bible/the-bible-course/the-bible-course-on-tour/
 
Next time, more varied guests!
 
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18 Justin Edwards & co - Do Play The Ferryman (Not A Tree)

January 23, 2018
One more ep before the end of season 2 - this time on acting in Paddington 2, and The Ferryman, and playing a tree. Plus the state of the comedy industry, what links baseball and Lost, the return of our Heptagon Club Question of Questions, and more on how YOU yes YOU can be involved for next season...
 
- Actor JUSTIN EDWARDS from The Death of Stalin, Paddington 2, The Man Who Invented Christmas and now The Ferryman
- Comic extraordinaire JOE LYCETT learns Italian
- Comedian MATT GREEN on Extras, adverts and the changing UK comedy circuit
- Baseball expert BRANDON ISLEIB with his equation for media popularity

- & Actors CAMERON POTTS, ANNA NICHOLSON and ANNA NEWCOME try and remember wonders of the world and dwarf names

 
 
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17 St Nicholas & co - Once in Royal Gotham City

December 18, 2017
Merry Cristes Maesse! Our 2nd Christmas special features 2 more live guests + 5 festive historical wonders who changed Christmas for the... well for that whatever you think of it now. This episode:
 
- Xmas Xpert JAMES COOPER from WhyChristmas.com
- My 3yr old DAUGHTER playing Father Christmas 
plus tales of these festives ledges:
- ST NICK and his 5:2 plan
- WASHINGTON IRVING, the man behind Gotham City, knickers and the modern Christmas
- CLEMENT CLARKE MOORE, poet and champion of what to do when you've left it too late for a present
- BISHOP BENSON, inventor of Nine Lessons & Carols and a classic Christmas ghost story

- ROLAND HUSSEY MACY: Mr Macy's. Well Mr Macy.

 
Paul's Christmas book is Hark! The Biography of Christmas: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hark-Biography-Christmas-Paul-Kerensa/dp/0745980171

Paul's Yule blog is www.kneeldownstandup.wordpress.com

James' Christmas site is www.whychristmas.com 
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16 Charles Dickens & co - Jingle Bells Whisky

December 4, 2017
Merry Advent! The 1st of 2 Christmas specials features not 7 guests-a-guesting, but, well 2. Plus 5 honorary historical Christmas stars who helped sculpt the Christmas we now know. So that means we get properly Dickensian with:
 
- Star of The Man Who Invented Christmas, Paddington 2 & The Death of Stalin, JUSTIN EDWARDS (we think he's the star)
- Mr WhyChristmas.com, JAMES COOPER
plus places set at the table for:
- CHARLES DICKENS
- PRINCE ALBERT
- OLIVER CROMWELL
- ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI
and of course
- The baby JESUS
 
James' Christmas site is www.whychristmas.com

Paul's Christmas book is Hark! The Biography of Christmas: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hark-Biography-Christmas-Paul-Kerensa/dp/0745980171

 

Justin (as Jeremy Lion)'s 12 days of Christmas can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zy791huV-Dk (other versions available) (prob not suitable for children)

 
Another festive episode will follow...
 
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